Hair Secrets from the Set of The Great Gatsby

By  May 10, 2013

Happy Gatsby Day, everyone! With all the buzz surrounding the opulent flick, we just had to score some of the inside scoop from the film’s hair designer Kerry Warn. In addition to her Gatsby moment, she has worked on films like Nine and The Golden Compass. We chatted with Warn about what it took to create styles for Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and over 300 female extras.

Warn worked closely with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin to give the Jazz Age hairstyle a contemporary update, drawing inspiration from research of the era and direct descriptions from the novel. “The ‘20s have been done so beautifully in so many films,” she said. “After discussion we decided to keep a modern twist, that we’d do our own interpretation of the ‘20s.”

As a result, Mulligan sported a softer version of the classic bob, which was originally popularized by silent screen star Louise Brooks. Since the film was shot in 3D, every hair had to be accounted for the final shot. “With 3D, you have to be so careful about stray hairs,” Warn explained. “I was able to control the look with John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray. It was a really good standby.”

The extras for the party scene received the fingerwave treatment along with a faux bob to blend into the period piece with the help of the brand’s Frizz-Ease Curl Controller Corrective Styling Gel. “The girls could dance—and they were brilliant dancers—even do cartwheels, and their hair wasn’t going anywhere.”